Men's Basketball Romps Past Richmond, 103-77
Colonials shoot 68.9 percent and record 30 assists in stomping of Spiders
WASHINGTON -- As the winner of two consecutive games heading into Wednesday night's game against Richmond - a team that defeated GW by 10 last month at the Spiders' Robins Center - the Colonials' men's basketball team was looking for a veritable winning streak in search of its third-straight victory. By halftime it was all but decided in an eventual 103-77 romp.
The game's first 20 minutes were the story as GW put on a clinic. The Colonials shot .727 from the field in the half, including 6-of-7 from three-point range. The team effort saw eight Colonials score, five register assists - with the freshmen backcourt of Justin Mazzulla and Terry Nolan Jr. dishing five dimes apiece - and six different student-athletes contribute to an eye-popping 21-5 rebounding edge before intermission.
In all in the first half, GW assisted on 17 of 24 field goals against just six turnovers, outscored the Spiders in the paint 30-12, and held their foes to .357 shooting in a performance that was nearly as impressive on defense as the offensive fireworks display. By halftime a resurgent Arnaldo Toro had nearly double-doubled with his 12-point, 8-rebound showing in 19 first half minutes. In any other half, senior stud Yuta Watanabe's 11 first half points on 5-of-7 shooting would've been the highlight, but on Wednesday a gaggle of the Buff and Blue fired on all cylinders early as GW led 54-25 at the break.
Wednesday's contest marked GW's fourth 80-plus point outing in its last five games as the Colonials improved to 10-1 on the season when scoring 70 or more. The Colonials have also now shot .500 or better from the floor in three straight, as they approach the final three games of the regular season scorching the nets with their best ball of the campaign.
By the time former manager and walk-on Jack Granger lined up a corner three from in front of his own bench with a minute remaining, all that was in doubt was if the Colonials would hit 100. Granger answered. His first career triple gave GW 101 points on the night and the crowd went wild.
When all was said and done, the Colonials had emptied their bench after six hit double-figures. Watanabe led the way as per usual in A-10 play with his game-high 23 points, while Toro got his double-double with 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Bo Zeigler was a perfect 6-for-6 to net his 12, while Nolan Jr. finished with seven assists in addition to his 12 points. The freshman point man Mazzulla amassed his first career 10-assist outing against just a single turnover, while swiping three steals on the other end for good measure.
GW will look to keep it going on Saturday at Saint Louis in an 8pm ET clash. The Colonials return home to face Fordham a week from tonight (2/24) at 7pm when they honor Watanabe, Patrick Steeves, Zeigler and Granger on Senior Night at the Smith Center.
In the uber-tight A-10 standings, GW enters the final three games of the regular season just two games back of 4th place in the conference and one game out of sixth.
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